Alan MacLeod

Alan MacLeod

Alan MacLeod is a member of the Glasgow University Media Group. He is author of "Bad News From Venezuela: 20 Years of Fake News and Misreporting." His latest book, Propaganda in the Information Age: Still Manufacturing Consent, was published by Routledge in May 2019. Follow him on Twitter: @AlanRMacLeod

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Even if one is inclined, against all experience, to take US claims about an official enemy on faith, the language that Soleimani killed "hundreds of Americans" is a deliberately nebulous. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Friday, January 10, 2020
From Resistance to Assistance: Corporate Media's Pathetic Pushback to Trump's Iran Assassination
After Donald Trump’s election, both the New York Times and Washington Post saw huge jumps in subscribers, all hoping that the outlets would hold the president to account. Both papers tapped into this sentiment: In February 2017, the Post adopted the motto “Democracy Dies in Darkness” on its...
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A sampling of headlines on Corbyn's defeat. Views
Sunday, December 22, 2019
Corporate Media Find All the Wrong Lessons for US Left in Corbyn's Defeat
Conservative leader Boris Johnson swept to power in the U.K.'s December 12 elections, winning 365 of a possible 650 seats. Labour's socialist leader Jeremy Corbyn announced his resignation, after a bitterly disappointing night for his party. Across the spectrum, corporate media all came to the same...
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His policies drew the great ire of the US government, Western corporations and the corporate press, who function as the ideological shock troops against leftist governments in Latin America. (Photo: CBS/Screenshot) Views
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
When the US Supports It, It's Not a Coup
Army generals appearing on television to demand the resignation and arrest of an elected civilian head of state seems like a textbook example of a coup. And yet that is certainly not how corporate media are presenting the weekend’s events in Bolivia. No establishment outlet framed the action as a...
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A Chilean protest movement has exploded and forced change in the country's neoliberal government, but for some reason U.S. media isn't paying attention. Views
Sunday, October 27, 2019
The Revolution Isn't Being Televised
It's all kicking off everywhere in 2019. Haitians are revolting against a corrupt political system and their President Jovenel Moïse, who many see as a kleptocratic US puppet. In Ecuador, huge public manifestations managed to force President Lenín Moreno to backtrack on his IMF-backed neoliberal...
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Saturday, October 05, 2019
The Phony Liberalism of Bill Maher
Bill Maher rose from being an “edgy,” opinionated comedian to becoming one of the most influential and recognizable faces in our media. His political talk show, Real Time With Bill Maher , has been on HBO since 2003, spanning 17 seasons with over 500 episodes to date. Real Time continues to be one...
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Non-Oligarchs David Koch and Charles G Koch Views
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Russia Has ‘Oligarchs,’ the US Has ‘Businessmen’
Even in corporate media, you will occasionally see references to the United States as an “oligarchy.” That is the judgment of former President Jimmy Carter, of peer-reviewed academic studies , and even opinion pieces in our most prestigious media (e.g., Washington Post , 4/8/14 ; New Yorker , 4/18/...
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Sunday, July 21, 2019
Media Just Can’t Stop Presenting Horrifying Stories as ‘Uplifting’ Perseverance Porn
“THIS IS AWESOME!” That’s how Fox 5 DC described its story ( 5/28/19 ) about Logan Moore of Cedartown, GA, a disabled two-year-old whose parents were unable to afford to buy him a walker, so employees at Home Depot fashioned one together themselves for him. The story closely resembles another...
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Democratic presidential candidate former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the AARP and The Des Moines Register Iowa Presidential Candidate Forum at Drake University on July 15, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. Twenty Democratic presidential candidates are participating in the forums that will feature four candidate per forum, to be held in cities across Iowa over five days. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, July 18, 2019
To Corporate Media, No Democrat Can Possibly Be Right-Wing
The 2020 presidential candidacy race is in full (absurdly early) swing, and there is a clear and obvious internal battle currently raging for the soul of the Democratic Party. One faction is attempting to pull the party in a more populist, social-democratic direction, while another favors...
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Former president Barack Obama, whose moderate vice president Joe Biden is now in the race, recently decried the alleged “purity tests” he saw on the left. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
For Democrats, So-Called ‘Purity Tests’ Can Be a Good Thing
The Democratic primaries are heating up. One notable feature of the race is the strong presence of progressive candidates — which has many in the establishment wing of the party worried. Former president Barack Obama, whose moderate vice president Joe Biden is now in the race, recently decried the...
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AP photograph of a coup supporter in front of a burning bus. (Photo: Fernando Llano) Views
Thursday, May 02, 2019
Venezuela: It’s Only a Coup if the US Government Says So
It’s Groundhog Day again in Venezuela, as the local conservative opposition has launched another attempt to oust President Nicolás Maduro from power. Surrounded by a few hardcore supporters, Washington-backed self-appointed president Juan Guaidó on April 30 called on the military to rise up and...
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